Pool parasite sickens more swimmers

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The number of cases of a disease caused by a swimming pool parasite has doubled since ABC11 first reported the outbreak.

Now, at least 10 high school swim team members in Durham and Orange Counties have tested positive for Cryptosporidiosis, more commonly known as Crypto.

A health official said there five confirmed cases in Durham, another five in Orange County, and four other likely cases.

“It’s a water-borne illness. It is generally a diarrheal illness of short duration,” said Susan Thompson, of the Durham County Department of Public Health. “Symptoms are generally diarrhea but you can also have abdominal cramps and vomiting.”

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